Therapist Profile

Name:
Rebecca Olmsted, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
5845 College Avenue Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94618 UNITED STATES
Phone:
(510) 863-4795
Website:
License Number
LMFT52271
Practicing Since:
2005
Additional Licenses:
LMFT 52271

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I am a somatic psychotherapist counseling East Bay clients in Berkeley and Oakland. Somatic comes from the Greek word “soma”, meaning body. Somatic psychotherapy is “talk therapy”, but with a difference. It values bodily experience as much as thoughts and feelings. Working somatically with a mindful approach helps to bring about change by raising awareness in the present moment. Change happens in the here and now. There is something about really being present that fosters transformation. The goal of therapy is to help us live more fully. Many people come to therapy because there is something in their life that they want to transform, but they have been unable to do so on their own. Working with the right therapist can change your life. My approach is holistic and non-pathologizing. In other words, I see the problems that bring people into therapy as stages of growth rather than a permanent condition. I believe that the natural tendency of the human psyche is to be whole and healthy, and that the task of the therapist is to help you to discover what gets in the way, and how that happens. When obstacles are removed, healing occurs. In this style of therapy, the client is an active participant. The therapist guides the healing process, and the client is the expert on his or her own experience. Together we look at what is bothering you, and we also look for ways that you can flourish. This balanced approach places equal value on what is working in your life as well as what’s not working. While your problems may be what brings you into therapy, it is your resources that help you to grow into the next stage.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00pm, Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Services
Individuals, couples, families
Insurance
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Yes
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
MA

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Childhood Trauma
Communication Skills
Couples
EMDR
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Humanistic/Existential
Other, e.g. NLP, EMDR, etc.
Somatic
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
European

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